Celebrating Women’s History Month with music

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Women’s History Month

Brionna Scebbi and Brionna Scebbi

Pandora Radio and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum have been celebrating powerful women in the music industry throughout Women’s History Month.

Pandora has been highlighting several women-centered stations throughout the month. Its Riot Grrrl and Women in Metal stations were advertised on Snapchat with filters and sponsored stories. These stations feature music from women in punk and metal groups such as Bratmobile, Bikini Kill, Mortillery and Rock Goddess.

Other Women’s History Month stations pay tribute to strong female artists of every genre: Women in Reggae, Women in Hip Hop and Women in Electronic Music.

At the beginning of the month, Spotify launched “Amplify”. Amplify is a hub that “highlights, empowers, and amplifies important topics and voices from various communities,” according to Spotify. 

Their “Amplify Women” theme for Women’s History Month showcases influential female artists through podcasts and playlists. 

As part of Amplify Women, Spotify focuses on women-driven music from several countries in their Women of the World playlist. ¡Viva Latinas! is a pop-up shelf that can be found under Spotify’s Latin hub and gives listeners a chance to hear from important Latina artists. The shelf features several playlists such as Latin Divas, Latin Pop VIP and Top Alternativo.

RCA Records is also giving attention to women in the music industry with their “Women’s History: A Vibe” campaign. This campaign features influential artists such as SZA, P!nk, Kesha and Tinashe sharing playlists of their favorite songs by women. 

Playlists for each week of Women’s History Month can be found on Spotify and include songs such as “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse, “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston and “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland also recognized notable female musicians during March.

“Women played a central role in the development of the rock-and-roll genre,” the Rock Hall website said.

The events for Women’s History Month included a presentation from NPR music critic and correspondent and author Ann Powers, a showing of the film “Lady Gaga – Five Foot Two” and a screening of the film “What Happened, Miss Simone?” about 2018 inductee Nina Simone.

The Rock Hall has also been playing music by iconic female artists within the museum. This playlist includes a “variety of styles from R&B to punk, singer-songwriter to psychedelic rock, dance to rockabilly, and more, with over 700 songs spanning nearly a century,” according to the Rock Hall website.

Check out a sampling of the playlist on Spotify.